In a previous blog I explained how the bottom layer of panels were attached to the outside west wall.
The next step was to increase the amount of sky. This was not part of the original plan. But, we had enough plywood to make/paint enough panels to increase the sky as you can see in the photos below. You can also see how we have started to try and make the window “disappear.”
Second layer of sky installed and bluing of window started
Here you can see that we changed our mind and decided to paint the window panes too. We checked the inside west wall and the loss of light from painting the panes had no appreciable effect on the light coming through the window.
The view from the south end. The painting of the panes made the window “disappear.”
Here’s the view from the north end …….
View from the north end of the west wall after painting the window panes
Stage 4 and 5
Here you can see that the gap below the paneling has been painted matching green (Stage 4) and you can see that the old trees in the north-east corner have been removed and a new section of backdrop installed (Stage 5)
Trees in north west corner removed and painted backdrop installed. Gap between west wall backdrop and track painted
Stage 6 is to install the first trees on the outside west wall in the north east corner.
We had some of our power tools nicked. They were battery powered and they didn’t get the batteries?????????
That led us to reconsider (a) where we kept our power tools and (b) what sort of replacements. President Chuck Whitlock ordered new Ryobi battery powered tools and a battery powered Dremel like tool. Club member Lonnie Dickson’s wife LeeAnn swiped an old microscope cabinet at a yard sale for two bucks and, hey presto, Lonnie turned it into a safe place for the Dremel and its accessories:
Microscope cabinet turned Dremel Cabinet
And inside …….
A place for every Dremel thingy
And another tray underneath for more stuff ….
Dremel bits all neat and tidy
As for the power tools – here’s the tool cabinet that Lonnie built ……..
Lonnie’s new power tool cabinet located in the workshop
Thanks for your fine work Lonnie.
Hopefully thje fact that the cabinets are inside the workshop container will keep them safe.
6 foot is 72 inches. one foot on the layout is half an inch – so, 150 feet give or take!!!!
First 150 foot tree on the layout
Now ain’t she cute!!!
And she was soon joined by ……… miss shorty bendy pants!!!!!
KODAK Digital Still Camera
And stepping back and looking down the North Wall from the morth-east corner:
KODAK Digital Still Camera
There has been a collective decision that the excess rolling stock and motive power should be made available to whomever might like them provided they make a modest donation to the club’s coffers. The excess diesels, which are too modern to be used on our layout, have been stored in my train room for nigh on two years. I brought them in and Chuck spruced them up by removing the accumulated dust and external detritus. The locos had a piece of green on top which I assumed meant that chief electrical engineer, Jim Williams, had given them the thumbs up. When shown to Jim he said he had never tested them.! We agreed that making them available without testing was not cool. Here’s the loco before testing ……
The loco before being checked
Looks fine, right? Well …….
First peek inside
Oh s%#t!!!!!!! Better have a good look see……..
Whew! No dead bodies!!!!
Chuck repaired the wrecked wiring in the top part of the loco and Jim cleaned and restored the “works” to operating condition.
After cleaning with wiring repaired or replaced and tested
Never a dull moment!!!!!
Our roundhouse was created by master carpenter/club member Joe Cooper. Masterpieces come in many, many pieces. I was supposed to paint and install the windows and doors. They have languished in my workshop for over a year. So, I was VERY grateful when club member Basil Casabona kindly took on the job of painting, assembling and installing the missing windows and doors. As you can see from these pics he is making excellent progress:
Basil Casabona working on the top windows of the first Roundhouse Building upper windows
Inserting a window which consists of three parts
Close up of the windows
Stage 1 completed
Second set of windows installed
Third set of windows installed
View of back of roundhouse after third set of windows have been installed
Looks great Basil.
All of the new flock are in resident on or around the Virgin Creek trestle located on the east wall of our G scale model railroad located in Fort Bragg, Mendocino. The eagle was created on a 3D printer by daughter Annalise and assembled and painted by Club President Chuck Whitlock. (Click on picture to enlarge)
Eagle swooping on its prey
The pigeon in the next pic was also made by Annalise and painted by Chuck. The birds are “flying” courtesy of a very thin piano wire:
These seagulls were created by a very good friend of Santa Cruz Frank (Smith). We really appreciate her artistry. The pigeons were painted and mounted by Chuck.
Installing pigeons on the Virgin creek trestle
the Virgin Creek trestle.- north side view
Seagulls flying alongside the Virgin Creek trestle – south side view
Seagulls in Virgin Creek
Virgin Creek – if you look carefully you can see that the seagulls have realistic feet and beaks
Last, but not least is our vulture – he was bought from Racine’s, our local toy shop:
Pissed off vulture